Meet the Staff: Upstander Engagement Manager Jake Campbell

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Written by Brianna Connock, Marketing & Outreach Associate

The mission of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. In our Humanity Gallery, we encourage visitors to use their strengths to meet their moment to become an upstander.

Upstander Engagement Manager Jake Campbell works with individuals and groups of all backgrounds to help people harness and understand their strengths, and promotes what it means to be an upstander.

Q: Tell me about your role and what a typical day might look like for you.

Every day is jam-packed full of excitement! The day might start with an upstander DEI training for one of our corporate or nonprofit partners. Afterwards I might have a coffee with a representative from a community organization to consider how we might partner with them in the future. Back in the office, I’ll meet with a colleague to brainstorm how we could incorporate character strengths into an initiative of they are spearheading. I’ll then work on developing new engaging training activities to ensure our partners receive professional development that achieves their goals. As the day nears the end, I’ll finish with an upstander tour, where groups interested in future partnerships can gain a better understanding of our museum and mission.

Q: What is your favorite part of the museum?

I love Anne-Willem Meyer’s uniform. Behind it is a story of so many layers. For me, it shows that there are some incredible people in the world who will persevere, no matter the consequences, to stand up for others.

Q: Why do you think the work the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center does is important?
Personally, my grandparents were Holocaust survivors and my mother herself was a refugee from Poland who, while fleeing to Australia, lost several of her siblings. Their story has always been my driving force towards action, and I am so grateful that there is an organization like the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center that tells personal stories of survival and humanity with the hope that the lessons will inspire people to act.

Q: What about the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?

I love hearing so many stories of Cincinnatians who truly represent the best of humanity today.

Q: What is a favorite moment you have of working here?

The 2023 Cohen Family Upstander Weekend – it was such an incredible celebration of our city and the incredible people and organizations that make it such a wonderful place to live.

Q: What’s something else you wish people knew about you?

I have a 3rd degree black belt in freestyle taekwondo.

Are you interested in collaborating with Jake on an upstander training or tour? Connect with him at [email protected].

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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC impacts more than 2.5 million people every year through digital and in-person events, museum tours, educational experiences, social media, and virtual content. From Australia to India, individuals from more than 25 countries and 30 states engage with our mission. For more information, visit